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Old 05-26-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Skip NJ, and try applying in DE. School districts are expanding, new schools are opening, and teachers are getting jobs!

Lower property taxes, no sales tax, less crowds, less traffic, and you are still a reasonable drive to NJ and PA.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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My sister has taught special ed in South Jersey for 35 years. Her youngest is in college & she intended to teach 4 more years. Because of what's going on, she will either retire this year or next. Many teachers have the same dilemma. It will cost them more, long term, to stay beyond their current contracts than it would be worth.

Some of the South Jersey districts no longer hire their own substitutes. They are contracting with an agency.

You might want to look at the Quaker schools.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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I'm not sure what the landscape is in NJ right now. It seems like some areas are hiring more than others. It's that way in PA also. Scranton school district has a huge line of applicants, but the more rural districts do not have as long of a line. I imagine that's generally true in most areas. DE could be an interesting option, but don't know much about it. My sister will be embarking on this search soon also.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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I don't know how this works, but in Princeton there are 3 elementary school teacher openings. I don't know if they are already filled and posting them for legal reasons, but they are there, and it's worth a shot!
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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My little brother's AP US Gov't teacher was a classmate of mine. I wondered how in the hell he ever got a teaching position considering the fact that I remembered him being dumb as a pile of bricks. It turns out he was buddy buddy with the old superintendant and he more or less got streamlined into the position once an opening was available.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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The reason there are still listings is that even if someone internally is going to be placed into a position, all school job openings must be posted and three interviews conducted. I know people who have been told at the end of their interview "thank you for coming but we have someone in mind for this job".

Number of listing has nothing to do with likelihood of getting a position.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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My little brother's AP US Gov't teacher was a classmate of mine. I wondered how in the hell he ever got a teaching position considering the fact that I remembered him being dumb as a pile of bricks. It turns out he was buddy buddy with the old superintendant and he more or less got streamlined into the position once an opening was available.
he still needed to graduate with a degree with a certain requirement and pass a certification test. it's not incredibly difficult, but it's also not a walk in the park.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Getting a degree in History/Education isn't all that hard. Getting a Social Sciences teaching position in suburban NJ is.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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My sister has her Masters in Special Ed and is considering going back for Math. She has been looking for an elementary school teaching job for a few years (has subbed and been long term sub for a few school districts), but has not been able to find anything. Some have told her that she is qualified, but the spot was already filled before the interviews. She is applying in the whole state, but still has not heard much.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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Around 2009 it started to become impossible. Sorry.
I got out of the field at that exact time, changed my career because of an unrelated situation. Had no idea the teaching professional would change the way it has, but I thank my lucky stars i'm not out there dealing with that mess.
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